Week 4 – Participation & the Digital Divide – who misses out?

My, what a weekly task!  Creating an infographic depicting the digital divide was a steep learning curve for me.  I found Wordle easy and enjoyable to use but the actual design of the infographic proved challenging.  An infographic, by its very nature, is a visual representation of information, and should not be loaded down with a lot of text.  This aspect of the infographic proved to be my downfall repeatedly during the creation process.  It took many frustrating hours before I was satisfied that I had created an infographic and not a brochure.

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Infographic (Colville, 2014)                                   Click to view full Infographic

The infographics posted by my peers were of a high standard.  The majority focused on the generic definition of the digital divide, being the gap between what can be afforded or not in relation to digital technologies.  A few including mine focused on specific areas of the divide such as Older Australians and Indigenous communities.  Whilst most used graphs and icons effectively, a few tended to be brochure-like with an abundance of text.

Although I found the creation of an infographic initially challenging, I believe using Wordles and creating infographics would be an entertaining and creative method for students to create striking visuals using the text they are learning.

Further information on the Digital Divide can be found @
International Business Times and Newsweek

Reference

Australian Government (Department of Health and Ageing). (2011). Older Australians and the internet: Bridging the digital divide. Retrieved from http://www.productiveageing.com.au/OlderAustralians

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Week 3 – Digital Security

This week we focused on digital security and how to keep safe in the face of security issues such as scams, identity theft and cyberbullying. I chose to reflect on cyberbullying because as a parent of two young boys addicted to all things digital, this subject is close to my heart.

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Cyberbullying Poster (Colville, 2014)                  Click here to view poster

Cyberbullying is defined as the act of using technology to deliberately and repeatedly threaten, humiliate or intimidate someone (Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2010). As a parent, the thought of my children being victims of cyberbullying is distressing. Whilst I appreciate bullying has played a part in school life for decades, the move from playground to internet, enables bullying to take on another dimension where it can occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a teacher, in a digital world, it is my responsibility to educate children on being responsible and ethical digital users.  This includes lessons on understanding what cyberbullying is, and what is appropriate and inappropriate online behaviour.  Students need to be able to discern between real and fictional people, and how to protect themselves.  This is a frightening aspect of the digital world that cannot be ignored.

Further information on Digital Security can be found @
Open Colleges and Attorney’s General Department

Reference
Australian Communications and Media Authority [ACMA]. (2010). Cyber[smart:] say no to cyberbullying! Retrieved from: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Cyberbullying